Allied Vision Introduces Alvium USB3 Vision Camera with NIR Sensitivity

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

January 23, 2020


Allied Vision Introduces Alvium USB3 Vision Camera with NIR Sensitivity

New 5.1 megapixel Alvium 1800 U-501 NIR camera with superior near-infrared imaging to be released.

The Alvium 1800 U-501 NIR by Allied Vision broadens its range of Alvium USB cameras powered by ALVIUM Technology. The 5.1 megapixel USB3 Vision camera is equipped with ON Semi’s near-infrared enhanced sensor AR0522 designed for both low light and high dynamic range performance. The combination of small size, light weight, low power consumption, and NIR sensitivity makes the Alvium 1800 U-501 NIR an ideal choice for surveillance and security applications, especially with low light conditions.

The camera is also ideal for applications where NIR sensitivity is beneficial. This is the case when visible light would blind people or interfere with the purpose of the application (e.g. traffic monitoring and eye tracking). NIR cameras can reduce costs and simplify system design as the illumination of the scene would cause additional costs and complexity.

By offering a frame rate of 67 Frames per second at full resolution the camera a can also be used in applications demanding a higher frame rate.

1800 U-501 NIR at a glance

The camera will be available in monochrome with different housing variants (closed housing, open housing, bare board) as well as different lens mount options (S-Mount, CS-Mount, and C-Mount). The USB interface can be located either on the camera back side or left side (as seen from the sensor). The Alvium 1800 U series now includes four models from 0.5 to 5.1 megapixels.

Samples of the new Alvium 1800 U-501 NIR are available as of now. Series deliveries will start early 2020. 

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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